UN Security Council Adopts Statement Condemning Syria Violence

Aug. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The United Nations Security Council condemned “widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities.”

The UN decision-making body expresses “grave concern at the deteriorating situation in Syria” and “profound regret at the death of many hundreds of people,” India’s UN ambassador, Hardeep Singh Puri, who holds the monthly rotating presidency, said today in New York.

A statement from the council president requires unanimous consent and went through because Lebanon, which has a pro-Syria government and is the only Arab country on the council, did not object. Still, it falls short of the resolution sought by European nations and the U.S. and opposed by Russia, which as one of five permanent members has the power to veto.

The Security Council also asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for an update on the situation in Syria within seven days. The UN body also calls on the Syrian authorities to allow aid agencies, which have been prevented from entering the country, “unhindered access” for humanitarian relief.

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